The best local government blogs of 2014

Chris Sherwood /   June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 3,474 views

Here’s our own selection of the best blogs we’ve published this year in local government. Thanks to all of the frontline and independent bloggers who’ve kindly agreed to publish with Guerilla Policy in 2014 – Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to them all. The worst is yet to come “Over the last few years I think I have become partially immune to stories about the cuts that local authorities are still required to make. In part this is because the cuts have been such a part of our life for over four years now…” We Love Local Government argues that the cuts are now biting even harder than they ever had and the worst is yet to come. Posted in July by We Love Local Government The Blunkett review and education’s democratic deficit “Whoever wins next year’s general election will inherit the fractured landscape of English education. The challenge will be how to start healing the fractures and create a functional system which is actually capable of achieving high standards for all.” Eddie Playfair considers the democratic deficit in English education. Posted in May by Eddie Playfair at Education for Everyone Waiting lists are becoming political devices “It’s a long time since waiting lists did what they say on the tin. But the changes resulting from the latest DCLG guidance mean they will soon be more a barometer of local politics than of housing need.” Steve Hilditch looks at the politicisation of council housing waiting lists. Posted in April by Steve Hilditch at Red Brick How to innovate in local government “The best innovations have been done. Copy practice from another region or country but not from your own organisation. Innovation always looks better from a distance.” Freedom From Command and Control describes eight ways to innovate in local government. Posted in April by Freedom From Command And Control Digital democracy – beyond the ballot box “[C]an we demonstrate to those too young or ineligible to vote that just because they are disenfranchised does not mean they have no voice?” Based on his experience in Cambridge, Puffles considers the potential of an online movement that encourages people to use social and digital media to interact with local political parties. Posted in April by Puffles at A dragon’s best friend Councils need to rise to Ofsted’s challenge and show they make a difference “Picking holes in Ofsted reports isn’t hard. The really tough question for local authorities is whether they accept the Ofsted assertion that they still have a responsibility for standards in all state-funded schools…” John Bolt considers the role of local authorities in a changing education system. Posted in March by John Bolt at Education for Everyone Will Peter and Sue get added to this year’s malnutrition statistics? “For Peter and Sue, life is very tough at the moment. Peter says they have both been “hungry the last week or two”. …Life is a daily battle for survival.” londonfoodbank shares the story of one couple on the brink, in the context of the Government’s decision to scrap the Local Welfare Assistance Fund. Posted in February by londonfoodbank Have 60,000 families had the bedroom tax wrongly imposed? “What the early figures shows is that it may well be much higher than my 40,000 estimate and circa 60,000 households wrongly imposed with the bedroom tax.” Joe Halewood challenges the DWP’s figures on the number of families who may have had the bedroom tax wrongly imposed on them. Posted in January by Joe Halewood at SPeye

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